Gambhir was born in Ambala, India, in 1962 and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 7 years old, the ECR said. He got a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in 1983, and he earned a PhD in biomathematics in 1990 and his MD in 1993 from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He served for many years in a variety of capacities at the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging in Los Angeles. In 2003, he was named director of Stanford's Molecular Imaging Program and head of nuclear medicine; in 2011, he became chair of Stanford's department of radiology. In 2016, he established the Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics Center.
"Dr. Gambhir was an inspiration to all who knew him, a brilliant mind and a true leader of our field," the ESR said in its tribute. "His passing is a great loss to the radiology community as a whole. Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife, Aruna, and his family. He will be missed but not forgotten."
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